Sydney RiverCat

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Sydney RiverCats
Ferry Dawn Fraser in Darling Harbour December 2014.jpg
Dawn Fraser in Darling Harbour in December 2014
Class overview
Builders: NQEA Australia
Completed: 7
Active: 7
General characteristics
Type: Catamaran
Length: 36.8 metres
Beam: 10.5 metres
Draught: 1.4 metres
Installed power: 2x MTU Series 60
Speed: 22 knots
Capacity: 230

The Sydney RiverCats are a class of catamarans operated by Harbour City Ferries on the Parramatta River.


Shane Gould in original livery

Between 1992 and 1995, the State Transit Authority purchased seven RiverCats from NQEA Australia, Cairns to operate Parramatta River services. They replaced First Fleet class ferries on the Circular Quay to Meadowbank service, as well as allowing services to be extended to Parramatta wharf from 1993. They were named after famous Australian female athletes.[1][2][3]

Although they primarily operate Parramatta River services, they on occasions operated Eastern Suburbs services.[4]


Name Call Sign MMSI Shipyard No Year in service Namesake
Betty Cuthbert 18555 503376100 1992 Betty Cuthbert[5]
Dawn Fraser 18554 503376200 1992 Dawn Fraser[6]
Evonne Goolagong 18705 503376300 1993 Evonne Goolagong[7]
Shane Gould 18642 503376700 184 1993 Shane Gould
Marlene Mathews 18643 503376600 185 1993 Marlene Mathews
Marjorie Jackson 18706 503376400 186 1993 Marjorie Jackson
Nicole Livingstone 19044 503241900 1995 Nicole Livingstone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History Sydney Ferries
  2. ^ Parramatta RiverCat Ferry Services New South Wales Legislative Assembly Hansard 25 February 1992
  3. ^ Fifty Years of Sydney's Public Ferries Afloat Magazine June 2009
  4. ^ Betty Cuthbert Itineraries 18 May 2016 Marine Traffic
  5. ^ Betty Cuthbert Ferries of Sydney
  6. ^ Dawn Fraser Ferries of Sydney
  7. ^ Evonne Goolagong Ferries of Sydney

External links[edit]

Media related to Sydney RiverCats at Wikimedia Commons